Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Indigenous Australian Subjects and Content in CSU Courses

CSU Ethos

The ethos of Charles Sturt University (the University) is clearly described by the Wiradjuri phrase 'yindyamarra winhanga-nha' - 'The wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'. If our graduates are to embrace this ethos in their personal and professional lives they need: understandings of their cultural and historical standpoints, skills and attributes of Indigenous cultural competency, professional skills specific to their disciplines which can be derived from high quality, culturally inclusive, professional education.

Charles Sturt University has a strong policy framework governing school and faculty responsibility for the inclusion of Indigenous Australian content and subjects in all courses.

Indigenous Board of Studies (IBS)

The Indigenous Board of Studies (IBS) is a sub-committee of the university’s Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Committee and is chaired by Associate Professor Jay Phillips. Board members include representatives from all three Faculties of Charles Sturt University and the Division of Learning and Teaching.

All IBS documents can be found on the Office of Governance website. This includes previous agendas and minutes, Committee Membership and Terms of Reference, meeting schedules, and submission guidelines and template. An Incorporating Indigenous Australian Content: Workflow Diagram has been developed to assist with understanding the approval process of the Indigenous Board of Studies.

The Board monitors the implementation of the Indigenous Australian content in CSU Courses policy through quality assurance and approval of all Indigenous Australian subjects and content that align with the following policy classifications:

Indigenous Australian Studies

Content that is developed and taught by the School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Subjects in this this category hold an IKC subject code, for example:

Discipline-specific Indigenous Australian Studies

Subjects and/or content in courses developed and taught by other Schools across the three faculties of CSU. There are three sub-categories for this classification:

  • Stand-alone subject that includes Indigenous Australian content in every topic/module/assessment task;
  • A module with three to four assessable Indigenous Australian content topics; and/or;
  • Integrated and assessable Indigenous Australian content throughout a course.

Subjects approved under this classification include:

Hybrid Indigenous Australian Studies

Subjects that are co-developed and co-taught by the School of Indigenous Australian Studies and the convening discipline School. Indigenous Australian content is incorporated into every topic/module/ assessment task.

Subjects that have been approved with this classification include:

Recommended link for other policy and guidelines for Indigenous Australian studies curriculum at CSU

Gulaay - the Indigenous Australian Curriculum & Resources Team